Islam in the Americas

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Islam is a minority religion in all of the countries and territories of the Americas.

Suriname has the highest percentage of Muslims in its population for the region, with 13.5% or 66,307 individuals, according to its 2004 census. However, the United States, in which estimates vary due to a lack of a census question, is generally believed to have the largest population, with between 1.3 and 2.7 million.[citation needed]

Some West African slaves taken to the Americas by colonists may likely have been Muslims, although they became forcibly converted to Christianity. Most Muslims in the former British Caribbean came from the Indian subcontinent as labourers following the abolition of slavery. This movement also reached Suriname, although other Muslims there moved from another Dutch colony, which is now Indonesia. In the United States, the largest Muslim ethnic group is of African Americans, who converted in the last century, including the syncretic, radical and revisionist Nation of Islam. However, in South America, the Muslim population is mainly composed of wealthy immigrants from the Levant, including Lebanese and Syrians.

Shia in the Americas[edit]

Shia Muslims comprise 15-20% of Muslims in the Americas.[1] Nearly 786,000 Shia Muslims are situated on United States.[2] The American Shia Muslim community are from different parts of the world such as South Asia, Europe, Middle East, and East Africa.[3][4] They have many activities and have founded several organization such as the Islamic Center of America and North Ameriaca Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization (NASIMCO).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Shia Muslims Population". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Zahid Hussain Bukhari (1 January 2004). Muslims' Place in the American Public Square: Hope, Fears, and Aspirations. Rowman Altamira. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7591-0613-0. 
  3. ^ Daniel Brumberg; Dina Shehata (2009). Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for U.S. Engagement. US Institute of Peace Press. pp. 366–370. ISBN 978-1-60127-020-7. 
  4. ^ "Mapping the Global Muslim Population". 7 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Mohsen Saleh (1 January 2009). American Foreign Policy and the Muslim World. Al Manhal. p. 179. ISBN 978-9953-500-65-2.